Latirus polygonus (the short-tailed latirus) is a marine gastropod belonging to the family Fasciolariidae (WoRMS 2010). It has a spiral shell, with a crimson coloured flesh. It is thought to be a carnivorous species, though its specific diet is unknown but suggested to be feeding mainly on other gastropods and bivalves (Snyder 2003). They are known to have a wide range of distribution, including the Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and the Western Pacific Ocean (WoRMS 2010, Gastropods.com 2011). Despite their wide distribution, little species specific information is available on this species. This fact sheet aims to provide the most descriptive information on this species, retrieving information from the family or even phylum level where species specific information is not available.